18

Months Time to Completion

45

Credit hours

5

Weeks a new course starts.

Rolling Admissions Throughout the Year

Program Info

Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences (PhD HS)

The PhD in Health Sciences in an accelerated, fully online doctoral program designed to prepare healthcare practitioners for advanced roles in administrative, academic, and clinical environments. The program challenges the student to examine the current state of healthcare both locally and globally; apply sophisticated knowledge of research design, biostatistics, and health promotion to the literature of their core discipline; develop ethical leadership skills for inter-professional environments; and design and conduct original research in healthcare.

This fully online graduate program consists of 10 didactic courses totaling 30 credit hours, followed by 5 dissertation courses totaling 15 credit hours. Students can complete the PhD in Health Sciences in 18-months. The didactic phase can be completed in just 1 year, and the dissertation phase in as little as 6 months. Students may begin the program at 10 entry points during the year with classes being offered every 5 weeks. The program is designed to allow working healthcare professionals to complete their degree while maintaining their full-time jobs.

*The PhD HS Program is pending SACS approval

CHS Mission Statement

The mission of Faulkner University’s College of Health Science is to train competent and compassionate healthcare professionals who use current knowledge and best practices to glorify God by being the hands and feet of Christ to the community.

 

Admissions

Program Admissions Requirements

Prospective students who wish to enroll in the PhD HS program must meet the following admission requirements:

  1. A completed graduate application
  2. A graduate degree (such as a master’s or clinical doctorate) with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited university in a field related to health sciences pending the director’s approval.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be submitted. Official (unopened) transcripts must be received. Hand-delivered copies, photocopies, and printouts of a grade report are not acceptable.
  4. A resume which includes both education and work experience.
  5. A letter of intent summarizing your career, goals for pursuing a PhD, and research interest areas.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from a combination of former professors and work supervisors.

*The PhD HS Program is pending SACS approval

Tuition

Tuition $780 per semester hour
General Fee $350 per semester ($250 if 5 hours or less)
Online Course Fee $70 per semester hour
Applicable Course Fees see full tuition and fee schedule
 

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Plan of Study

FALL

Class

Hours

HS8301 - Evidence-Based Practice

3

HS8302 - Bioethics in Clinical Practice and Research   

3

HS8303 - Single-Subject Research Designs   

3

SPRING  

Class

Hours

HS8304 - Clinical Statistics

3

HS8305 - Quantitative Research Methods    3

3

HS8306 - Leadership in Healthcare and Academia    3

3

HS8307 - Health Promotion & Disease Prevention

3

SUMMER 

Class

Hours

HS8308 - Grants and Publication   

3

HS8309 Qualitative Research Methods

3

HS8310 Instructional Methods for Health Professionals

3

DISSERTATION PHASE

Class

Hours

HS 9301 Dissertation 1   

3

HS 9302 Dissertation 2   

3

HS 9303 Dissertation 3   

3

HS 9304 Dissertation 4   

3

HS 9305 Dissertation 5   

3

TOTAL HOURS    45

 

Academic Calendar

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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

HS8301 Evidence-based Practice

This course provides a working knowledge of evidence-based practice in an interdisciplinary environment. Cases will be used as the backbone of this course to assist the student in analyzing data to justify the treatments used in clinical practice. Students will also learn to critically appraise the literature, evaluate diagnostic test performance, design clinical pathways and standard of care, and implement evidenced based practice findings in their own clinical or administrative setting.

HS8302 Bioethics in Clinical Practice and Research

This course introduces students to ethical concepts as they apply to clinical practice and conducting research with human subjects. The aim is to increase students' awareness of and ability to reason through ethical issues that arise in human subjects research and clinical practice. The course will draw upon historical examples, codes, declarations, and other sources of ethical guidance. 

HS8303 Single Subject Research Designs

This course will focus on applications and interpretations of single-case research designs and the analysis of human behavior in academic, healthcare, and community settings. It will cover a number of specific topic areas, including behavioral measurement, single subject research designs, data analysis methods, critical analysis, and evaluation of single-case research articles. Practiced skills will include designing single-subject research projects using various single-subject research designs. 

HS8304 Clinical Statistics

The course will cover statistical concepts used by healthcare practitioners and academicians in both appraising literature and conducting research. This will include descriptive statistics, parametric group comparison statistics, basic non-parametric statistics, linear modeling, probability, ANOVA, regression analysis, and chi-square tests. The focus of this course is on understanding, interpreting, and accurately applying statistical tests, such as selecting the correct test when designing a research project and appraising research literature using the given statistics. The relationship between statistical significance vs clinical significance is also stressed.   

HS 8305 Quantitative Research Methods

The course will cover the basic methods and approaches used in quantitative research in clinical and academic settings. A major emphasis of the course will be on the conceptualization and design of research studies, including theoretically underpinnings and application of concepts. Students will learn formulation of research questions, study design, reliability, validity, sampling, measurement, and interpretation of research findings. Practiced skills will include appraising published quantitative literature and designing quantitative studies related to health issues.

HS8306 Leadership in Healthcare and Academia

This course explores the various methods of leadership and management, both in academia and healthcare environments, and their impact on productivity, profitability, and employee satisfaction. Students will demonstrate competency of the various types of leaders and systems, as well as critique various leadership and management theories. Practiced skills will include applying leadership theories and concepts to their own personal growth and in their employment settings.  

HS 8307 Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work with communities to improve health status of the community. Students will examine the concepts of health and wellness, the determinants of health behavior, national health status, the history of health education, and the role of health promotion for disease prevention. 

HS8308 Grants and Publication

This course is designed to provide writing experiences which prepare the learner for manuscript and grant proposal submissions. This introductory experience into the grant process will include identification of funding sources, proposal writing, project management, and funding challenges. The course will also cover the process of publication, including selecting a journal, preparing the manuscript, submission, revision, and acceptance. Other course topics include writing abstracts, responding to a call for papers, and constructing poster presentations. 

HS8309 Qualitative Research Methods

This course will focus on the knowledge and skills needed to conduct qualitative research in clinical and academic settings. Students will explore the epistemology, theory, ethics, methodology, and procedures of qualitative research.  Practiced skills will include appraising qualitative research articles and conceptualizing and designing qualitative research studies related to health issues.

HS 8310 Healthcare Professionals as Academic and Clinical Instructors

In this course, students examine theoretical principles of teaching and learning for adult learners. Students will explore a variety of teaching methods with a particular emphasis on the educational roles health care professionals assume in both academic and clinical settings. Practiced skills will include formulating instructional plans for adult learners and apply instructional skills in real contexts. 

HS 9301 Dissertation 1

Through the dissertation course series, the student will work with their dissertation chairperson to design an independent research project, develop the methodology, defend a proposal, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and ultimately defend the final project. The student and dissertation chairperson will determine which steps of the research process will be completed in each course while ensuring that the defined learning outcomes for each course are being met. 

HS 9302 Dissertation 2

Through the dissertation course series, the student will work with their dissertation chairperson to design an independent research project, develop the methodology, defend a proposal, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and ultimately defend the final project. The student and dissertation chairperson will determine which steps of the research process will be completed in each course while ensuring that the defined learning outcomes for each course are being met. 

HS 9303 Dissertation 3

Through the dissertation course series, the student will work with their dissertation chairperson to design an independent research project, develop the methodology, defend a proposal, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and ultimately defend the final project. The student and dissertation chairperson will determine which steps of the research process will be completed in each course while ensuring that the defined learning outcomes for each course are being met. 

HS 9304 Dissertation 4

Through the dissertation course series, the student will work with their dissertation chairperson to design an independent research project, develop the methodology, defend a proposal, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and ultimately defend the final project. The student and dissertation chairperson will determine which steps of the research process will be completed in each course while ensuring that the defined learning outcomes for each course are being met. 

HS 9305 Dissertation 5

Through the dissertation course series, the student will work with their dissertation chairperson to design an independent research project, develop the methodology, defend a proposal, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and ultimately defend the final project. The student and dissertation chairperson will determine which steps of the research process will be completed in each course while ensuring that the defined learning outcomes for each course are being met. 

HS 9106 Dissertation - Continuation

Students will enroll in this course if they have not successfully defended their dissertation by the end of HS 9305. The student will continue to work with their dissertation chairperson to design an independent research project, develop the methodology, defend a proposal, obtain IRB approval, collect and analyze data, draw conclusions, and ultimately defend the final project. The student must enroll in this course every semester until they have successfully defended their dissertation or until they have reached the completion deadline, which is 3 years from the date of their first dissertation course (whichever comes first).

PhD in Health Sciences Department